Saturday, April 27, 2013

Face Framing

One of the most challenging makeup products to purchase, in my opinion, are brow products. I've been searching for the perfect brow product to match my black hair since the beginning of time when I first started out with makeup. A lot of the brow powders that I've come across are either too brown, too black, too light, too dark or has that hinge of red or orange. They never satisfied my needy sparse eyebrows, so what I usually did was mix two different eyeshadows, blend it out with a spooly and then brush it through with a brow gel. Exactly. A hassle. Aside from curling my lashes, filling in my eyebrows are the most time consuming processes in my makeup routine. 

I recently bought this Anastasia brow powder duo from Sephora when they had the 15% VIB discount event. Some of you guys may know this from my upload on instagram. The packaging is super pretty and very sleek with a mirror inside (not that I'd use it anyways cause it's so small but I guess it's nice to have for traveling purposes). The shade that I have is Dark Brown and the product only comes with 1.6 grams which is extremely expensive for $30. But, I can't complain when I finally found a product that compliments my deep dark black hair. The darker shade is a true medium brown (hooray for no undertones!) that is not too dark and not too light. Just perfect. The lighter shade although looks very light in the pan is actually a taupe brown perfect for filling in the beginning of the brow to create a natural gradient (or as it claims "for dimension" on the packaging). Often times while doing my old routine, I find that my eyebrows lack "dimension" and can easily look dull and sometimes too dark for that reason. As for longevity, I do notice that the ends of my brows on the side where I have bangs do last longer and fade less than compared to using eyeshadows. On the side without bangs, there are no fading problems for eyeshadows or this duo.

L: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo; R: mixing two eyeshadows from the NYX Champagne & Caviar palette

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Perfect Red

I've been on the search for the perfect deep red nail polish for the longest time and I've finally found it! I know this colour is more of a winter polish than spring, but I'm so excited that I don't care and I'll just wear it regardless. Here, I present to you, China Glaze Velvet Bow. A big thank you to my pinky twin for this long belated birthday present haha <3 Why am I calling this the perfect red? Because it's the perfect medium of deep rich red but not dark black red, the colour is still visible as red and not black. Now I just have to find a matching lipstick colour. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!  

P.S Please excuse my crappy job of painting my nails....I was just too excited haha